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JPO Further Increases Its Competence to Act in the Capacity as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for PCT International Applications

July 2021
Japan Patent Office

Updates

The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for India.

1. Purpose:

With an increasing number of Japanese companies creating their R&D centers in emerging markets such as ASEAN member states, their intellectual property activities in these countries are becoming more important than ever. As a result, the need is rising for Japanese businesses to ensure that their inventions are appropriately acquired and protected as patent rights in these countries.

The JPO has held international discussions to increase its competency to act as an ISA and IPEA for PCT applications received by IP offices of other countries or filed with the International Bureau (IB) by such countries’ nationals or residents, so that it could contribute to facilitating the development of global business activities.

2. Usage and JPO’s competence (As of July 2021)

When choosing the JPO as ISA:

When applicants file their applications with IP offices, which act as receiving Offices listed below, or the IB, they are required to indicate “the Japan Patent Office (ISA/JP)” in Box No. VII International Searching Authority in their PCT requests (Form PCT/RO/101).

When choosing the JPO as IPEA:

Applicants must file their PCT demands (Form PCT/IPEA/401) directly with the JPO. In this connection, however, such requests are limited only to PCT applications for which the JPO prepares or has prepared international search reports.

[Countries and languages where the JPO is a competent ISA and IPEA]

Receiving Offices/Countries

Languages accepted by the receiving Office

Languages where the JPO is a competent?ISA and IPEA

Procedures for filing with each office acting as the receiving Office (To WIPO website)

International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (IB)

Any language

Depending on the residence and nationality of the applicant

<PDF>( External link )

Japan Patent Office (JPO)

Japanese or English

Japanese or English

<PDF>( External link )

Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)

Japanese, Korean or English

Japanese

<PDF>( External link )

Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL)

English or Filipino

English

<PDF>( External link )

Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) (Thailand)

English or Thai

English

<PDF>( External link )

Intellectual Property Office of Viet Nam (IP VIET NAM)

English or Russian

English

<PDF>( External link )

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)

English

English

<PDF>( External link )

Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO)

English

English

<PDF>( External link )

Directorate General of Intellectual Property
(DGIP)(Indonesia)

English

English

<PDF>( External link )

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

English

English

<PDF>( External link )

Brunei Darussalam Intellectual Property Office (BruIPO)

English

English

<PDF>( External link )

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)

*

English

<PDF>( External link )

Department of Industrial Property (DIP) , Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI)(Cambodia)

English or Khmer

English

<PDF>( External link )

Indian Patent Office(IPO)

English or Hindi

English

<PDF>( External link )

*: The JPO acts as a competent ISA and IPEA in respect of international applications filed at the IB by nationals or residents of the Lao PDR because its national IP office is not competent as a receiving Office. The applicants can refer to the procedure for filing with the IB acting as the receiving Office.

With regard to competence to act as an ISA and IPEA for PCT international applications worldwide, please refer to the WIPO website.( External link )

[Latest update history]

Date of update

Updated content

Note

Jul. 1, 2021 The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for India Started on:
Jul. 1,2021
Dec. 8, 2016 The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for Kingdom of Cambodia Started on:
Dec. 8, 2016
Dec. 21, 2015 The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Press Release on the METI Web Site, Japanese page only) Started on:
Jan. 1, 2016
Sep. 29, 2015

The JPO to act as a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for Brunei Darussalam

Started on:
Oct. 1, 2015

May 22, 2015

JPO to Commence the Collaborative Search with the USPTO

Started on:
Jul. 1, 2015

[Last updated 23 August 2021]

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